Commercial Building Security Deposit Information – California


Commercial building security deposits differ from residential security deposits. Unlike residential security deposits, commercial security deposits do not have legal restrictions on the amount that a landlord can require the commercial tenant to pay. However, commercial landlords are limited by law as to the retention of the commercial tenant’s security deposit at the conclusion of the tenancy.

The commercial building security deposit should not be labeled as “last month’s rent.” The commercial building security deposit should also specify that the security deposit will be used for cleaning, in the event the tenant defaults in the obligation to pay rent, and for additional purposes.

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